The One Recovery Tool You're Not Using Yet
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Most people greet the notion of home enemas with a wince and a snicker. Knowing the benefits of an enema can change that wince into a sigh of relief.
An enema can be a very nurturing experience.
When you start drinking probiotic beverages like CocoBiotic, bacteria and yeast may begin to die off in your intestines. You can use a gentle home enema to release these toxins and restore health.
AN INTERNAL BATH FOR YOUR COLON
An enema is a method to flush waste out of the colon. It's not such a bad idea when you consider that the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine!
Simply put, an enema cleans up the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter, and healthier almost immediately. The main job of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from food and remove waste and toxins. Over the years, the colon walls can become encrusted with non-eliminated waste, making it sluggish and inefficient.
When that happens, you might experience some of the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to concentrate
- Stomach pains
- Weight problems
For those who want to start cleansing, an enema is an ideal place to begin. If you are new to The Body Ecology Diet, please start with a series of colonics or enemas. This is something not many people are talking about. Even among health professionals and gut health experts, people don’t talk about colonics or enemas when they're talking about gut health.
But enemas are powerful tools to help us open up our detoxification pathways.
When we use them regularly, cleansings won’t be as severe. Let’s say you wake up one morning, and you’re feeling exhausted. Suppose you got your enema bucket and took about half an hour to do an enema. Then you jump in the shower and get dressed, and you may feel fantastic by the time you’re out the door. This is just one example of how to manage or improve your health with a home enema.
WHEN DO YOU NEED AN ENEMA?
Before we get into enema-techno, let's take a look at what you could see disappear with regular home enemas:
- Candida yeast infections
- Loss of concentration
- Sinus congestion
- Skin conditions
- Unpleasant breath
- Weight issues
If you experience any of these conditions, perhaps you should consider an enema. Whenever you're feeling lethargic or constipated, it's a sure sign that an enema should be scheduled into your immediate future. Even if you're feeling great, releasing extra toxins can only make you feel better.
As a note, enemas can help to keep you regular and relieve constipation caused by everyday stresses and our modern diet. But if you find yourself chronically constipated with symptoms that even an enema won’t fix, it’s important to see a doctor right away. In 2016, Yale researchers uncovered a surprising connection between constipation and herpes infection.1 Later that year, another link between constipation and kidney disease was revealed.2 Add to that the fact that chronic constipation can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and you may have a serious problem on your hands that could benefit from routine home enemas and/or medical help.3
The relationship between constipation and herpes infection, supported by research, is an interesting one discussed in our Antiviral Protocol:
- In order to manage a virus, whether it’s dormant or active, we always encourage people to learn how to do an old-fashioned home enema. This applies to a virus like herpes that has been linked to constipation, and to many other viruses. Constipation is a common side effect of a virus. A simple home enema treatment has been used to rid the body of viruses during major epidemics, including flu epidemics, for centuries.
- You can familiarize yourself with the home enema as a day-to-day wellness and recovery tool, and you can also use it to protect yourself against another viral epidemic. For most of us, we’re under so much stress, and our immune systems are so slammed all the time, that if a virus does begin to make its way around the world, many of us would be vulnerable. This is again why learning how to do a home enema can be so vital.
An enema may be one way to cleanse your body if you have a virus. You can learn more from the Body Ecology Antiviral Webinar.
As you approach a healthier lifestyle and begin The Body Ecology Diet, home enemas are also incredibly important for:
- Colon Cleansing - If you're using any type of clay cleansing agents to pull toxins out of the system, you'll want to use an enema to help release the bulk. You don't want to pull out toxins and leave them with nowhere to go!
- Fasting - If you choose to fast, home enemas are critical. You must keep things moving out of your body because your cells will be dumping their toxins quickly. You will feel miserable if you are not cleaning downstream. Once you've done an enema, you’re more hydrated, and all those toxins are out. And you’re going to think twice before you start adding toxic things back to your body. In this way, colonics and enemas help tremendously with food cravings.
- Fermented Foods - As you begin to add fermented foods and drinks to your diet, such as cultured vegetables, kefir, CocoBiotic, or InnergyBiotic, you might experience symptoms of yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off as the good bacteria begin to colonize your inner ecosystem. Gas and bloating are a signal that the mighty floras are busy attacking toxic waste in and on the colon walls. Home enemas will rinse out the toxins, helping to shorten the discomfort you might be feeling.
- Liver Cleansing - Because your liver dumps its toxins into your colon, you want to make sure the colon is open and in perfect working order to move all those toxins out quickly. Interestingly, pimples are usually a sign of needing an enema and needing to help support your liver.
New to fermented foods? Start with our simplified Fermentation Course.
FIT FOR A KING
Home enemas are not a new fad or something that's only performed by those obsessed with their health. It wasn't that long ago that home enemas were routinely prescribed by doctors as part of a normal cure for illness.
An Egyptian king, as early as 1500 B.C., was known to receive routine home enemas by a physician who used them for regular medical treatments. The Egyptians believed that all diseases were caused by tainted, unwanted additions to food, or too much food, and understood how an enema could offer relief to serious situations.
Ancient regions in Africa, Greece, Babylonia, India, and China used enemas. American Indians performed enemas. Louis XIV had almost 2,000 enemas in his lifetime and stayed healthy throughout. And even the vivacious and voluptuous Mae West started every day with a morning enema.
While the medical community has somehow disconnected itself from the benefits of home enemas, some medical professionals are slowly coming around. Suzy Cohen, also known as "America's Pharmacist," declares that coffee enemas are safe when performed by holistic physicians and even at home in her Ask The Pharmacist column. Cohen goes on to say that coffee enemas can be used as therapeutic treatment for a number of conditions, like constipation, fatigue, liver detoxification, and cancer.4 Research has confirmed the effectiveness of administering therapeutic agents through the colon instead of the mouth.5
CLEANSING OR RETENTION: 2 SEPARATE BUT POWERFUL TOOLS
There are two types of home enemas:
- The cleansing enema is retained for a short period of time until your natural peristaltic movement eliminates both the water and the loose fecal material. It is used to gently flush out the colon.
- The retention enema is held in the body for longer. For example, the famous "coffee enema" is retained for approximately 15 minutes or can also be left in and absorbed. Coffee enemas are an example of short-term (15-minute) retention enemas. They were made popular by Max Gerson, who used them with cancer patients to open the bile ducts and increase bile flow, helping to rid the liver of impurities.6 A 2007 analysis observed six case studies of cancer patients who followed Gerson therapy, which included treatment with coffee enemas. Patients on the Gerson regimen showed some evidence of both physical and psychological support, though further research is needed.7
Examples of cleansing enemas (added to water per enema kit instructions):
- Apple Cider Vinegar - Helps with viral conditions and to clear mucous from the body. Great if you suffer from nasal congestion or asthma. (2-3 tbsp. diluted in water.)
- Burdock Root - Helps to eliminate calcium deposits and purify blood.
- Catnip Tea - Relieves constipation and congestion and will bring down a high fever.
- Lemon Juice - Just what you need to clean the colon of fecal matter, balance its pH, and detoxify the system.
Examples of retention enemas (added to water per enema kit instructions):
- Coffee - A coffee solution (we mean a good organic breakfast blend, not decaf or instant) stimulates both the liver and the gallbladder to release toxins. (15 minutes only; please consult with your doctor if you have hypertension.)
- Minerals - This is one you will want to retain permanently. It helps rebuild the energy of the adrenals and the thyroid.
- Probiotic - Perfect for candidiasis and other yeast infections.
- Red Raspberry Leaf - High in iron, great for the eyes, and particularly helpful for women.
Each enema requires a slightly different method, but the results for each will be glorious. When a smaller amount of liquid is retained permanently, we prefer to call this an implant. One cup of liquid with a probiotic, minerals, or something green with chlorophyll (like wheat grass) makes an excellent implant. They'll quickly have you on your way to a happier, healthier colon.
Cleansing is but one part of The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing. Here's the full picture.
YOU WANT ME TO PUT WHAT, WHERE?!
Before you hit the "Exit" button, let us put your mind at ease. The thought of an enema can be a little off-putting, but they're really much more comfortable than you might anticipate.
In fact, an enema can be a very nurturing experience.
All you need is either a bag or a bucket (specifically designed with an enema in mind), a gentle catheter, a little coconut or olive oil for lubrication, clean water, and some privacy. At Body Ecology, we highly recommend the PurEnema Stainless Steel Enema Kit. We particularly like the Enema Kit with the stainless steel can, though clear enema buckets are also helpful since they allow you to see the water level in the bucket as you cleanse.
Most people who are new to enemas come to us with one question. They ask, “Am I washing out all my good bacteria?” In short: No, because a whole bunch of bacteria are leaving anyway in your stool, and a bunch more bacteria are already nestled into your gut mucosal lining. And you’re always going to be sending new bacteria in every day when you’re drinking probiotic liquids and eating cultured foods.
So, no, you won’t get in trouble washing out your gut microbiome. You will be helping these toxins get out of your body, and the cells in your body will be so grateful. After a while, the cells will actually know, “Wow, things are moving out like they’re supposed to. Let’s send more of our toxins out.” Then, all throughout your body, toxins will be released everywhere — through the liver, into the bile, into the stool, and out of the body. This is a perfect picture of why enemas are a wonderful way to detoxify. Follow the kit instructions, honor your uniqueness, listen to your body, and use enemas as they were intended: as a cleansing and recovery tool.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Forget what you know. A home enema really isn't as scary as it sounds. An enema can be used to flush waste out of the colon — up to 10 pounds of excess waste in the large intestine, depending on the person! When you are done with this nurturing experience, you'll feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier.
An enema can also benefit your health. It is the colon's job to absorb water and nutrients from food and flush waste and toxins. When walls of the colon grow crusted with non-eliminated waste over the years, it becomes sluggish and inefficient.
As you begin to enjoy more fermented foods and beverages in your diet, like kefir, cultured vegetables, CocoBiotic, and InnergyBiotic, you may especially benefit from a home enema to counter yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off. A home enema can flush out these accumulated toxins and ease your discomfort. You can also use a home enema to implant probiotics and minerals. Start this natural process at home with a bag or bucket designed for enema use — we recommend the PurEnema Stainless Steel Enema Kit. Happy cleansing!
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